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Kenyan Olympic team arrives in Stoke Gifford

Posted on Wednesday 4th July 2012 at 4:29 pm by SH (Editor)

The Kenyan Olympic Team arrives at UWE, Stoke Gifford, Bristol.

The Kenyan Olympic squad arrived in Stoke Gifford today to begin their training camp ahead of the London 2012 Games that start on Friday 27th July.

The squad will be based at UWE Bristol’s Frenchay Campus and train on the Olympic-standard athletics track at South Gloucestershire and Stroud College’s WISE Campus in New Road.

The visit has been arranged by the Bristol Kenya Partnership (BKP) with support from UWE Bristol, University of Bristol, WISE SGS, Bristol City Council and others.

The squad includes around 40 athletes, consisting of all the runners up to and including the 3,000 metres steeplechase (the long distance runners will be staying at altitude in Kenya).

The team staying in Bristol includes two swimmers and a female weightlifter. David Rudisha world record holder and reigning world champion for 800m will arrive in Bristol next week after running in Paris at the weekend.

Pamela Jelimo, the reigning 800m Olympic Champion, is another of the stars who will be using the Kip Keino Stadium at SGS College as their training base.

The Stoke Gifford stadium is one of only six venues in the south west that has UK Athletics class ‘A’ certification for its athletics facilities. A £1.3 million investment turned a former training track into a competition-standard athletics ground, with Bristol City Council putting in £450,000 towards the development.

More; Evening reception to be held to welcome the athletes »

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Ancient Olympics celebrated at Little Stoke Primary School

Posted on Saturday 9th June 2012 at 3:22 pm by SH (Editor)

The Ancient Olympics are celebrated at Little Stoke Primary School.

Great fun was had at Little Stoke Primary School on Wednesday 30th May when all the pupils and staff dressed up in chitons to celebrate an ancient Greek Olympic day.

The children learnt about the history of the Games and after a morning of creative activities they all took part in an Olympic Games in the afternoon. There was friendly rivalry between city-states and, to complete the perfect day, they sampled traditional Greek food and drink.

The organiser, teacher Jenny Ratcliffe, said the day had been highly successful and the children all went home as true Olympians crowned with olive wreaths.

Footnote: A chiton is a gown or tunic, with or without sleeves, worn by both sexes in ancient Greece.

In related news, the London 2012 Olympic Torch visited North Bristol on Wednesday 23rd May, on day 5 of its 70-day tour around the United Kingdom. The Filton Journal has some great photos of the event: Thousands turn out to greet Olympic Torch Relay in Filton

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